Salmon Fishing Rods

Wednesday, September 26th 2018.

Choosing your Rod

Choosing the correct salmon fishing rods from the walls upon walls of different types displayed can be a bit of a difficult task, simply because of the huge selection involved. There are many different compositions, lengths, weights, and set ups on rods used for salmon fishing. The type of rod you choose will often be dictated according to the salmon fishing that you do, but there are some basic rules to keep in mind when choosing any rod whether you are looking for a salmon casting rod, saltwater spinning rod, or trolling rod.

Here are some great salmon rods that we recommend you check out!

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$49.99
$49.99

Denali Bottom Feeder Catfish Casting Rods
"Take on the biggest shovel-headed monsters around with Denalis Bottom Feeder Catfish Casting Rods. Rock-solid E-glass c

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$299.99
$299.99

Denali N2 Series Spinning Rods
Denali has made the N2 Series Spinning Rods incredibly sensitive so that you can detect subtle bites imperative when you

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$199.99
$199.99

Denali Lithium Series Spinning Rods
"When the conditions call for a drop-shot rig or a shakey head, youll be glad you have a Denali Lithium Series Spinning

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$129.99
$129.99

Denali Rods Myriad Walleye Casting Rods
"Denali constructed their Myriad Walleye Casting Rod for much more than dragging a jig and minnow. High-modulus graphite

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$129.99
$129.99

Denali Myriad Walleye Spinning Rods - Timber
"Denali constructed their Myriad Walleye Spinning Rods for much more than dragging a jig and minnow. High-modulus graphi

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$159.99
$159.99

Dobyns Sierra Casting Rods
Dobyns Sierra Casting Rod packs premium components and balance into an affordable middle-of-the-road rod. Kevlar-wrapped

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$159.99
$159.99

Dobyns Sierra Spinning Rods
Dobynss Sierra Spinning Rod packs premium components and balance into an affordable middle-of-the-road rod. Kevlar-wrapp

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$495.00
$495.00

Douglas Upstream Plus Fly Rods - Natural
"Not only does it offer a fine-tuned progressive action, Douglass Upstream Plus Fly Rod also delivers the traditional ac

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$350.00
$350.00

Douglas Upstream Fly Rod - Natural
"Douglas Upstream Fly Rod delivers the traditional actions needed to completely master your trout-fishing presentations

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$199.00
$199.00

Douglas DHF Fly Rods
"The experts at Douglas built the DHF Fly Rods to be their every-angler rod meaning that the DHF is a high-quality rod t

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$695.00
$695.00

Douglas Sky Fly Rods - Titanium
"If you like to fish with nymphs, then you need Douglas Sky Fly Rods. Next-generation nanocarbon xmatrix construction bo

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$349.00
$349.00

Douglas DXF Fly Rods
"Not only did they earn the Best Midpriced Rod award from George Andersons Yellowstone Angler, Douglas DXF Fly Rods are

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$149.00
$149.00

Douglas LRS Fly Rods - Blue
"Fighting big fish doesnt have to equate to spending big bucks on quality gear. Douglas LRS (Lake, River and Sea) Fly Ro

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$99.99
$99.99

Duckett Ghost Casting Rod - Stainless Steel
"Lightweight yet durable, Ducketts Ghost Casting Rod boasts Sensi-Touch blanks made from high-quality multimodulus pre-p

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$99.99
$99.99

Duckett Ghost Crankin' Rod - Stainless Steel
"Lightweight yet durable, Ducketts Ghost Crankin Rod boasts Sensi-Touch blanks made from high-quality multi-modulus pre-

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$159.99
$159.99

Duckett Micro Magic Pro Casting Rod
"Ducketts Micro Magic Pro Casting Rod uses high-quality multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks for lightweight performance and

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$169.99
$169.99

Duckett Micro Magic Pro Cranking Casting Rod
"Ducketts Micro Magic Pro Cranking Rod uses high-quality multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks for lightweight performance and

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$159.99
$159.99

Duckett Micro Magic Pro Spinning Rod
"Ducketts Micro Magic Pro Spinning Rod uses high-quality multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks for lightweight performance and

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$129.99
$129.99

Duckett Triad Casting Rods
"Ducketts Triad Casting Rods with Multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks deliver the toughness you need, while a Halo-Sanded fi

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$129.99
$129.99

Duckett Triad Spinning Rod
"Ducketts Triad Spinning Rods with Multimodulus Sensi-Touch blanks deliver the toughness you need, while a Halo-Sanded f

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$149.99
$149.99

Duckett Terex Cranking Rods - Stainless Steel
"Duckett Terex Cranking Rods feature Halo-Sanded Sensi-Touch blanks with carbon-fiber scrims, delivering both strength a

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$149.99
$149.99

Duckett Terex Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Duckett Terex Casting Rods feature Halo-Sanded Sensi-Touch blanks with carbon-fiber scrims, delivering both strength an

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$149.99
$149.99

Duckett Terex Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Duckett Terex Spinning Rods feature Halo-Sanded Sensi-Touch blanks with carbon-fiber scrims, delivering both strength a

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$99.99
$99.99

Duckett Ghost XL Casting Rods - Stainless Steel
"Lightweight yet durable, Ducketts Ghost XL Casting Rods boast Sensi-Touch blanks made from high-quality multi-modulus p

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$99.99
$99.99

Duckett Ghost XL Cranking Rods - Stainless Steel
"Lightweight yet durable, Ducketts Ghost XL Crankin Rods boast Sensi-Touch blanks made from high-quality multi-modulus p

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$24.99
$24.99

Eagle Claw Featherlight Spinning Rods - Stainless Steel
"Eagle Claws Featherlight Rods remain one of the best-selling ultralight and light-action rods on the market. These extr

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$59.99
$59.99

Eagle Claw Trailmaster Spinning Pack Rods
"Getting your rod and reel to those backcountry fishing spots is no problem when youve got a Trailmaster spinning rod. Y

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$29.99
$29.99

Eagle Claw Featherlight Kokanee Casting Rods
"Eagle Claws Featherlight Kokanee Casting Rods have a backbone that makes them perfect for soft-mouthed kokanee. Fibergl

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Length of the rod butt

This is the amount of rod behind the reel, and a good rule of thumb is to have six to twelve inches available. This length is needed to give you some extra support when you are playing or landing a fish; you will be able to use your stomach for some added leverage. Without the rod supported on your stomach, you would have to do all the work with your arms, and that will tire you out quickly. On the other hand, a butt that is too long will mean you have to stretch your arms out to an uncomfortable level, not to mention that if it's a salmon spinning rod you'll need more room for your cast. Finally, consider the specific needs for trolling; saltwater boat rods with butts that are too short will not sit in the holder, slipping out and overboard with the first big Chinook strike or wave they catch, so make sure your salmon trolling rod (commonly called "mooching" rods) has the proper butt length to allow for that sturdy seat in the boat while you're trolling around the water.

Weight

Light is the key word here; purchase the lightest rod that you can find. Travelling down a river bank in the brush with heavy equipment can cause fatigue over time and is very cumbersome. You should also take a look at the weight balance of the rod you are looking at; find where the rod balances by placing it on your forefinger. The balance point should be where you would naturally put your hand while you fish; if not, then look for a different rod.

Specific fishing

Shorter six foot, to nine foot salmon fly fishing rods can provide you with a lot of excitement when you are out casting for salmon such as coho or steelhead, as they make even smaller fish feel huge on the landing. If you are out for the big guys like chinook, then you don’t need the extra excitement and anywhere from size 8 (8 foot) to size 10 rod will be your most common size for big salmon. When you are looking for saltwater boat rods, get mooching rods that are ten feet long or so; they will put the lines out far enough that they don’t get tangled., and also gets the bait out far enough from your boat. Mooching rods typically also have soft tips, which will rise on a bite by a fish at the other end.

If you tend to go fishing for salmon by yourself, you are going to want to remember that landing them can be really difficult if your rod is too long. You need to be able to net the fish as well as keep your line tight; the longer your rod, the higher you are going to have to lift it to get that fish within netting distance of the boat. If you are bar fishing and you are on shore, it's easy enough to drag the fish up onto the bar by backing up, but if you're in a tight spot then you really have to be careful and watch you don't loose the fish.

Go Salmon Fishing Tip:

Horsing and overplaying - two things that can really ruin your catch are "horsing" and "overplaying." Horsing is a term used when an angler is using excessive force and pulling back on their salmon fishing rod, which causes your line to snap, rod to break or worse the fish to have damage that could lead to waste or death. Overplay is a term used when an angler is playing the fish too long. This can potentially cause the same things as horsing such as damage to your salmon fishing rod, gear, or loss of a fish by exhaustion, or breaking off. This practice can also get alot of people fishing around you frustrated if they are waiting until you finish playing the fish so they can begin casting again. It's proper etiquette to find the medium between horsing and overplay so everyone is happy including the fish and your rod.